Missouri born singer-songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff is set for a date at Nashville’s Bluebird Café on April 30.
Kicking off in Omaha a few days ago, Rateliff says he’s excited to be on tour again as he will play a mix of intimate venues through his next stretch of dates.
“I just got home from Europe. It was great. All the shows were great. We played in Belgium and Scotland,” Rateliff said about his previous dates.
Relocating to Denver, Colo. at 19 years old, Rateliff grew up in a small town outside of the Missouri River and admits it was a comfortable setting in the “Show Me” state and he loved living there.
Trading in the small town for Denver, Rateliff now finds himself in a musical collective inside the Mile High City.
“There’s a lot of great songwriters and great bands. It’s a mixed scene. We’re all in it together; it’s a nice feeling,” he added about the Denver music scene.
Rateliff is also fresh off the release of his latest album, Falling Faster Than You Can Run. Released in the United Kingdom months ago, the album just dropped in the United States in April and has received much acclaim from several major outlets such as Paste and The New York Times.
“I wrote a lot of songs on tour during the past record. I was alone a lot of the times in big cities and started to write. Some of the songs are from the place of being isolated when you are around so many people,” Rateliff noted about the writing process.
The album was recorded in 2012 but Rateliff finished the songs in 2011 and waited and toured before booking studio time. Falling Faster Than You Can Run was recorded in Hideway Studios in 10 days and was produced by Jamie Mefford along with Rateliff.
“’Still Trying’ that was one of my favorites. It wasn’t done, but I was having coffee one morning and finished it. We recorded it after and played the parts that day. I love that experience,” Rateliff mentioned about one of his memorable moments on the album.
Regarding the current tour, Rateliff will find himself playing more personal venues which are fitting for his soulful, folk-tinged style.
“For the most part I think the rooms are 200-300 people. I know I have to drive nine hours to play some shows,” Rateliff jokingly said.
“I like the smaller rooms. Once you get over 1,000 its more of a mob than it is an audience. And I prefer to play to the audience. It’s easier to meet people who care about what you are doing.”
Upon next week’s Bluebird date, Rateliff added it took awhile for him to book shows in Music City. He says “for years we would drive through Nashville, but we didn’t have shows there. You have to go places first and play.”
In the past, Rateliff has performed at venues that include Ryman Auditorium and Mercy Lounge, but he is ready for his Bluebird engagement.
The show begins at 9 p.m. and is $10. For more information on Rateliff, visitnathanielrateliff.com.